Category Archives: Announcements

Let us scare the living daylights out of you!

TCS is excited to announce our Fall 2021 production. Not only are we excited because we will be performing in-person w/ a live audience, but we will be presenting Night of the Living Dead. This script is by Lori Allen Ohm and based on the 1968 film of the same name by George Romero and John Russo.

For more details visit the show page.

Saugus Founders Day 2021

Each year (except 2020) the town of Saugus holds a street fair. Featuring vendors, food carts, games for kids, art sales, and information booths set up by community organizations and businesses.

Theatre Company of Saugus always participates. There will be a TCS info booth, and the kids from the Youth Theatre Workshop this summer will perform selections from The Little Mermaid Jr on the steps in front of Town Hall, starting at 1:30 PM.

Several fantastic raffle prizes will be awarded. Purchase tickets at the TCS booth.

We have a special Founders Day discount on tickets to Night of the Living Dead. See our Tickets page.

This year Founders Day is on Saturday 11 September 2021. Running from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM. On several blocks of Central Street, running north from the monument. The TCS booth is right in front of Town Hall.

We need volunteers to staff the TCS info table throughout the day. Greet visitors, hand out flyers, and run a raffle. We also need people to set up the table in the morning, and break it down at the end.

Click here to sign up to staff, setup, or breakdown the TCS info table at Founders Day on 11 September 2021. We will contact you with instructions.

TCS Summer Youth Theatre Workshop Registration – Sign-Up by July 12 for Early Bird Discount

TCS is returning to our two week Youth Theatre Workshop during July 2021. For more information about thus summer’s program and to access the registration form and payment information details – CLICK HERE.

AACT Fest 2021

The American Association of Community Theatre (AACT) holds a national competitive festival every two years. The 2021 festival is going on right now, June 14-20, 2021. Virtually, so you can attend without traveling.

There are 12 shows being presented, by community theatres selected as the best from all over the country. There will also be many useful workshops and presentations.

A local neighboring group, The Lexington Players, is one of the competitors. They are presenting The Mountaintop, by Katori Hall, a fictional depiction of events the night before the assassination of the civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The players are Dominic Carter and Jess Washington, and the director is Sal Jones. The show is streaming on Saturday 19 June 2021 at 9:30 PM, with the adjudication streaming the following morning.

You can purchase tickets for individual performances, or for the entire festival. For complete information, see aact.org/aactfest-2021.

Theatre Company of Saugus went to the AACT Fest 2002, as the representative of the New England Region, with our production of Interview.

Nancy Welch

We are saddened to learn of the passing of Nancy Welch. She was very active in the Theater Company of Saugus from about 2009 to 2015.

She is the mother of Jessica Stockton, who has been a TCS member since 2008.

Nancy was an ensemble cast member in our productions of Guys and Dolls, Wizard of Oz, Cabaret, and Charlotte’s Web. She assisted behind the scenes for many shows, and was the producer or co-producer of Props, Macbeth, A Look at the Past–A Light to the Future, Charlotte’s Web, and The Underpants.

She was the director of the one-act comedy The Proposal, by Anton Chekhov, which we brought to the EMACT Festival in 2012.

Nancy Welch served on the TCS board of directors for several years. She was Vice President and Acting President in 2015. Her husband Chuck Welch also assisted TCS behind the scenes.

We offer our condolences to her husband and only child and other family members.

Evenings of Virtual Play Readings with the Authors

The Theatre Company of Saugus presents virtual sessions in which we read aloud new plays. All the plays have been submitted by TCS members and friends, and the authors will be listening in to hear how their work sounds.

You can participate as an actor by reading one of the roles in the plays. Or you can just listen and enjoy hearing these works for the first time. Participation is free!

See the links below for signing up to read a role, and to get into the Zoom sessions.

There will be three evening sessions in April and May 2021.

#1 Wednesday 28 April 2021 at 7:00 PM – Five Short Plays

  • All’s Fair by Jackie Freyman – Travelers in Greece meet Aphrodite and Ares
  • Anonymous by Jackie Freyman & Mike Sprague – A session of the Heroes Anonymous Support Group
  • The Drama Behind the Drama by Ralph Tufo – Backstage at a community theater opening night
  • This Getting Old is Getting Old by Ralph Tufo – An older married couple at home in Revere
  • Of Muppets and Vampires by Billy Jenkins – A nerd and a former popular girl at a bus stop

#2 Thursday 13 May 2021 at 7:00 PM – A Comedy and a Monologue

  • It’s All About John and Marion (a comedy) by Tasmin Jahan – An older couple deal with each other and with their neighbors and relatives
  • A monologue from Roses Have Thorns by Sr. Bridget Edman, performed by Ann Marie King

#3 Tuesday 18 May 2021 at 7:00 PM – A Full Length Play

  • The Men Who Would Be Mice by Matthew Garlin – The people running the Disney company

To see the roles in each play, and to sign up to read a role, visit our google doc. You can sign up for one role on each evening. Anyone of any gender or ethnicity can read any role.

Click on one of these links to join the Zoom sessions:

  1. Wednesday 28 April 2021 at 7:00 PM
  2. Thursday 13 May 2021 at 7:00 PM
  3. Tuesday 18 May 2021 at 7:00 PM

Suggestions for a Halloween Season Play

We are now planning productions for our next season in 2021-2022. Our first show, in October 2021, will be Halloween themed, as we have been doing for the past several years. This year, however, we want to do a play rather than a musical. (Because singing in front of an audience might still be restricted.)  

So we are now open to your suggestions of plays appropriate for the Halloween season. Either comedy or drama, as long as it has elements that are spooky, macabre, or mysterious!  

Please send your suggestions to our season production committee at: TCSaugus@gmail.com

Donating to Support TCS

The company has not been able to do its usual season of shows over the past year, so we have had very little income.  But we do have ongoing fixed expenses, and thus financial losses.  So please donate as much as you can.  With your support we can maintain ourselves, until we can resume entertaining you in person.

Your donations are deductible on your federal income tax, as we are a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization. Thank you for your support!

There are three easy ways to send us monetary donations. Via PayPal, Venmo, or by Check.

With either PayPal or Venmo you can enter a Note with the payment. The note should include this information:

Your Name / Your Email Address / Reason and Amount.  For example:
Jane Doe  /  JDoe3@abc.com  /  Donation $30

To make a donation via PayPal: Login to your PayPal account. Select the option to Send money. Enter the TCS email address as the recipient: TCSaugus@gmail.com. Add the Note.

To make a donation via Venmo: Login to your Venmo account. Send money and search under People for: @theatrecompanyof-saugus. Add the Note.

To make a donation by Check: Make your personal check payable to: Theatre Company of Saugus. Include the memo: Donation TCS 2021. Mail the check to: Theatre Company of Saugus / PO Box 1058 / Saugus, MA 01906